Linda van der Merwe & Associates Physiotherapy is based in Johannesburg at 149 Oak Avenue in Ferndale, Randburg.
Our practice is a very relaxed environment and we feel that physiotherapy should be accessible to everyone that really needs it. There is no need to travel for hours to go to a physiotherapist in Gauteng. There should be a well-trained, probably excellent physio in your direct vicinity. If that person is unable to deal with your specific problem, there are many physios that they could refer you to. Your community needs you and this is a good reason to support a professional that is close to you!
The above practice offers both broad-spectrum physio and is specialized in many ways. Sport physiotherapy services are also available.
Doctor's referrals are needed, especially with children in need of neurodevelopmental physiotherapy. Physiotherapists are first consultants in South Africa, meaning that even though your medical aid may want a GP's referral to cover physiotherapy, legally, we are allowed to see you without one, with your consent. Physios can diagnose and treat musculoskeletal and respiratory problems in our country. However, we prefer all new patients to have a referral letter, as there are always differential diagnoses and results are often better with a team approach. Referrals can be from a medical doctor, specialist or another registered allied health care professional. Minors need consent from a parent or legal guardian to be treated.
Please note that Linda van der Merwe Physiotherapy is prepared to work with your medical aid if they cover your physiotherapy. That is, medical aid rates can be charged and claims submitted electronically to your medical aid. However, it is a private practice and we reserve the right to charge private rates as recommended by the South African Society of Physiotherapists (SASP). The patient will remain liable for payment should your physio not be covered by medical aid.
Craniosacral therapy – which can be most beneficial in trauma cases – is generally not covered by medical aids. This practice would like to support the local community and those who suffered trauma and therefore offers a twenty percent discount to patients who have recently (last three months) been adversely affected by trauma (for craniosacral therapy or other physio services).